This house on the harbour beachfront of Double Bay in Sydney is one of the most complex we have ever built.
Designed by South African design firm SAOTA (partnered in Sydney by TKD Architects), this 5-bedroom family home is a complex composition of materials and spaces that required great finesse in the building and the detailing.
The concrete, masonry & steel frame structure is punctuated with off-form concrete and plaster walls. Hardwood timber external cladding adds texture to the lower level, and timber battens line the soffit of the elegant cantilever of the roof. Travertine floors blend seamlessly from inside to out.
Large screens of polycarbonate chainmail (a unique material, ‘Kaynemaile’, originally developed for the Lord of the Rings trilogy in New Zealand) are rigged from the graphite steel frames and add a softer, more transparent layer to the façade.
Inside, changes in levels and materials are used to define spaces in the open plan. Beside the entry, contained in a frameless glass box, the stairwell is veiled by a floating curtain of timber battens, providing privacy from the street and creating a dramatic rise to the upper floor.
Bedrooms on the upper level, each with their own ensuite bathroom, take full advantage of the beautiful aspect of this waterfront property.
This home was the fourth we have built for this extended family, and our first with SAOTA. The trust we had built with the client enabled us to be involved with the team, and the design intent, from a very early stage. It allowed us to ensure the smoothest possible construction process.
The clients were closely involved throughout. They visited the site sevarl times a week, and immensely enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing their dream home come into existence.
“When visiting our clients in the newly completed Double Bay home, we were struck by the extremely high level of finish, accuracy and craftsmanship that had been achieved in the final product. David and his team have achieved something special in the construction of this home that does full justice to our design, and this one-of-a-kind harbourside site. There was not a single visible defect that we could identify. Our experience of the build process with Horizon was one of effectively managed and productive collaboration between all parties. We look forward to working with David and the Horizon Team again in bringing another project to life.”
– Philip Olmesdahl, Director of SAOTA.
The whole home can be seen on our website.
Architect – SAOTA (in association with TKD Architects)
Engineer – Acor Consultants
Photography – Adam Letch